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Heroes of The Storm makes its South African competitive debut

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Since its release from closed beta, South Africans haven’t really heard much about Heroes of The Storm, in a competitive sense. Blizzard’s free to play MOBA has been fairly successful overseas with various tournaments, including BlizzCon last year. South Africa has finally jumped on board with our first ever major Heroes of The Storm tournament at the rAge expo in October.


Heroes of The Storm at  rAge

Last week Energy eSports announced they’d signed their very own Heroes of the Storm team; what seemed like an odd choice is making a lot more sense now. On Friday, NAG announced that they would be hosting a Heroes of The Storm tournament at rAge this year for a grand prize of R60 000. The tournament is being hosted by Game Arena in partnership with Rectron, Gigabyte, NAG and Megarom. The broadcasting of the tournament will be hosted by South African broadcasting company nAv TV, with their two Dota 2 shoutcasters, HellbirD and RidditZ, hosting the show. You may also remember the casting duo from the Mortal Kombat X qualifiers earlier this year.


Devin ‘HellbirD’ Rigotti and Dewet ‘RidditZ’ Lombard-Bovey

Similar to last year’s Auros Corsair Dota 2 Cup, the Heroes of the Storm tournament will be held within the Rectron booth with a custom made player area. The competitive environment created quite the buzz last year at the rAge expo, giving onlookers a bit of variety once they’d cleared the expo floor for the seventh time. The top eight teams from the online qualifier will be invited to rAge to take part in the final tournament. If you have a team be sure to sign up here.

Qualifiers and Rules

There has been no date set for the qualifiers yet, but I assume it will begin early September and complete before rAge. You need to own 10 heroes, at least, to enter the tournament. This can be achieved by playing a ton of games, or purchasing the starter pack at a special price. The tournament will be a best of three double elimination series, which gives gamers a fair shot at grabbing that grand prize of R30 000 for first place, R20 000 for second, and R10 000 for third. Enter the Nexus, and be crowned the best team in South Africa.

Last Updated: August 17, 2015


  1. rocketmonkie

    August 17, 2015 at 19:23

    This seems interesting, but first I must assemble a team.


  2. rocketmonkie

    August 17, 2015 at 19:23

    This seems interesting, but first I must assemble a team.


  3. Jvdl

    August 17, 2015 at 19:59

    How will you handle the EU/US ping though? It’ll be a pain in the arse to play competitively with a 200ms ping.


    • Marc Wayne Raath

      August 17, 2015 at 21:29

      That’s how we’ve been playing the whole time


      • Jvdl

        August 18, 2015 at 08:55

        I get that, but I play both DOTA and HotS, and the ping on HotS irritates me to no end. I’m not dissing HotS, it’s a fun game, I just can’t imagine playing on an intensely competitive level with 200+ ping.


    • CrAiGiSh

      August 18, 2015 at 08:44

      It’s really not as bad as you think.


    • hairyknees

      August 18, 2015 at 08:58

      I can’t speak for the ping to the US, but playing on EU is magical. I don’t know what sorcery Blizzard have applied… it feels like there is almost no delay whatsoever!


    • Lydon McG

      August 18, 2015 at 10:24

      I can’t say I notice the lag on EU (since moving away from AfriHost, at least).


  4. Michael Matusowsky

    August 17, 2015 at 20:18

    *Deep breath*



    • hairyknees

      August 18, 2015 at 08:57

      HotS is definitely not dead 🙂 it’s growing quite nicely competitively.


  5. Doodle

    August 17, 2015 at 20:51

    I dont see why people still complain about 180-200 ping? Im from SA myself and managed to achieve rank1 (3.16k mmr)… 1890 matches played and still going 😉


  6. DeWet Lombard-Bovéy

    August 17, 2015 at 22:54

    Its going to be fun 🙂
    Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I think we will enjoy casting this


    • CongoKyle

      August 17, 2015 at 23:09

      Gotta grind to that rank one bot 😉


  7. CrAiGiSh

    August 18, 2015 at 08:43

    So excited 😀


  8. Estian Hough

    August 18, 2015 at 18:00

    So.. Now I just need a team


  9. JP Lottering

    March 20, 2016 at 09:44

    Are there any upcoming tournaments?


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